Austin Pets Alive! | We Want Authorities Animal Companies That Work

Oct 06, 2021

There may be in the future left earlier than we all know whether or not the town council has taken motion on our APA! Decision by including it to the subsequent metropolis council assembly agenda.

What retains rising to the highest of criticism of our decision from council places of work is that they don’t perceive why Austin Pets Alive! ought to be allowed to assist communities outdoors of the larger Austin metro space. They see and listen to about animals having lengthy lengths of keep at Austin Animal Heart(AAC) and the kennels being overcrowded there. Some consider that Austin Pets Alive!’s main perform, along with holding Austin a No Kill Metropolis, ought to be to alleviate the strain at Austin Animal Heart for the town employees. Some additionally consider that Austin Pets Alive!’s follow of serving to animals outdoors of Austin is definitely inflicting the overcrowding at Austin Animal Heart.

The issue with this line of pondering is that “relieving strain” will not be one thing the Metropolis of Austin compensates APA! to do neither is it in step with our mission. APA! has used the City Lake Animal Heart for the final 10 years to maintain Austin No Kill by pulling animals from Austin Animal Heart who will die if we don’t. Town council has awarded Austin Animal Heart with sufficient funding to alleviate their very own strain.

So then why is Austin Animal Heart consistently crowded?

It’s as a result of Austin metropolis management has given little credence to analysis and information that clearly reveals that Austin has, and has all the time had, greater than sufficient adopters to absorb each single animal at Austin Animal Heart AND to undertake each single animal that will get assist from APA!, Austin Humane Society and the a whole lot of rescue teams who soak up animals from throughout the state.

We consider that the rationale that credence will not be given is that it’s a lot simpler to say “there are usually not sufficient adopters,” which means that rising adoptions is outdoors the management of the shelter director and reinforces poor efficiency.

We consider it’s incumbent on us as shelter professionals, and we embrace Austin Animal Heart management in that, to take a look at information when making any resolution. We thought, however now notice we is likely to be mistaken, that the town supervisor and the town council additionally used information to drive choices. If AAC management, and metropolis council members, did that, they might be capable of say “I see an issue with too many animals residing at AAC at one time” after which join that to the considered “what can I do to make this higher”. We’ve got mentioned it earlier than however it’s price repeating: adoptions don’t simply occur. They’re the results of assets, time, and strategic planning to make sure that the animals housed at AAC are getting alternatives to satisfy individuals and to be seen.

To place it in perspective, during the last 5 years, the town has elevated Austin Animal Heart’s price range by $1M per yr. Tellingly, each single class of programming has benefited from that elevated funding EXCEPT “Pet Placement/ Pet Outcomes” which really fell by 30% in budgeted monies. Why isn’t anybody in management, at any degree, analyzing and correcting that as a substitute of strongarming APA! into making up for it?

Austin Pets Alive! has by no means been fascinated by being the Metropolis of Austin’s “overflow” for a system that lacks oversight, lacks important pondering, and continues to make poor choices and we’re standing by our mission to save lots of lives.

As particular person residents and as a personal nonprofit, we’ve got requested and requested for the federal government animal shelter to be run nicely as a result of it’s critically vital to Austin’s animals and to APA!. That has not labored. We hope this remaining try to get up our metropolis council will work and we, in partnership with the Metropolis of Austin, can lastly concentrate on ahead momentum. To maintain the assist sturdy by means of this remaining day of metropolis council consideration, please maintain emailing to specific your assist for the APA! decision.

Even when you have already got despatched an e mail, we have to maintain the message prime of thoughts. Thanks!

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